Win FREE TIX to Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival at SPAC on Saturday & Sunday

It’s a smorgasbord of saxophones…

It’s a jambalaya of jazz…

It’s a veritable gumbo of grooves…

Yes, it’s the Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival, which celebrates its 34th year at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center this weekend, June 25 and 26. From R&B to swing, from Latin jazz to fusion, the fest celebrates the music of artists from every corner of the jazz tradition, presenting more than 20 acclaimed artists and ensembles on two stages this Saturday and Sunday.

Highlights include festival debuts by Michael McDonald, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Tia Fuller, the Lionel Loueke Trio, Hilary Kole and Pedrito Martinez among others, as well as performances by Jack DeJohnette, the Bad Plus, Angelique Kidjo, Dianne Reeves, Lizz Wright, David Binney, “A Night in Treme” featuring Donald Harrison, Jr. & Cyril Neville and many other great musicians. And in addition to the performances on SPAC’s amphitheater and gazebo stages, the festival features a fine arts and crafts fair, CD signings by artists, a full-service bar in the Hall of Springs, southern-style barbeque and other food vendors, and a children’s craft area. Guests may also bring in their own food and beverages, as well as blankets, tents and lawn umbrellas. Parking for the event is free.

One-day reserved amphitheater tickets are $50-$75 for Saturday ($40-$65 for children under 12); $45-$65 for Sunday ($35-$55 for children under 12). General admission lawn tickets are $45 per day in advance; $50 per day at the gate. Children under 12 are admitted free on lawn.

BUT WAIT… Have we got a deal for you!?! We’re giving away a pair of FREE TWO-DAY LAWN TIX to the Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival at SPAC. To enter the contest, simply post a comment below. Please leave your email address, too. We won’t publish it, but we’ll use it to contact you if you win. The winner will be selected at random and notified on Friday. Good luck! Congratulations to Maryanne Malecki!

  1. Tracey says

    I like Saratoga and Jazz! Thanks Nippertown.

  2. Richard Brody says

    The Jazz Festival has been the official beginning of my summer for over thirty years. The diversity of people, the relaxed SPAC rules, an outdoor jazz club at the gazebo, and twelve hours of fine music.

  3. Meghan Craig says

    love Saratoga ANNND Jazz!!!! What great time that would be!

  4. Jon says

    pick me!

  5. Bob Rosinsky says

    I love to have a chance to see Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, again!

  6. Mike Mooney says

    ME ME ME ME !!!!!! Pick me! I’m selfish, ignorant and irresponsible. PICK ME!

  7. Cynthia C says

    I would love a chance to win these tickets. What an Awesome time it will be!

  8. Deborah Sue Davis says

    We would love to go . We have been talking about it but our kitty of 19 years went to kitty heaven. Sand Creek Animal Hospital was awesome and so was my guy. We need to kick off the summer with something positive and seeing him happy at something we love would be awesome and the artists at the line up this year would make us smile and I love to see him smile. Thanks

  9. Frank Angelo says

    First Anniversary of Jerry & Dale’s wedding. The reception took place under a tent outside the Hall of Springs at last year’s Jazz Fest 🙂

  10. Mike says

    Won before…2 years in a row?

  11. Cindy Schultz says

    Love the Jazz Fest!

  12. Maryanne Malecki says

    Very nice offer – great way to begin the music season at SPAC!

  13. Traci W says

    I am glad to see that SPAC was able to work through its financial issues and survive another season. SUMMER IS HERE!!!

  14. Liz says

    Nice give-away!!

  15. Josalyn Ferguson says

    So love Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings! The line-up looks/sounds WONDERFUL!

  16. Margo says

    Great female performers this year, for sure! nice line-up both days!

  17. Lisa Gordon says

    Always playing out weekends with my band and never seem to have the opportunity or $$ to catch a great event like this- so I am saying a little prayer!

  18. Jessica H. says

    SPAC should be ashamed for paving over the lawn with that pavilion. Where will we set up tents?

  19. Dave Rice says

    Oooh, oooh, oooh! Over here, over here!

  20. mike says

    I love JAZZ, and would love to start my summer at SPAC!!!!!

  21. Jennifer Moskowitz says

    I can’t wait to go…this will be the 1st year that i’m not working that weekend and even able to go! Can’t wait!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  22. iamadog says

    Please choose me!

  23. Donna says

    I love the Jazz! I’ve been attending since 1995 – you can’t beat the people, the music, or that beautiful state park! Where else can you lounge in the sun with friends and family, eat and drink all day, expose your kids to culture, bag awesome art & crafts, and get photos and autographs from the mainstage & gazebo performers? No where else. Freihofer’s Jazzfest rocks!!!

  24. OswegoMatt says

    Most looking forward to the Dap Kings, and the Bad Plus. Help me out Nippertown!

  25. Terry says

    Jazz Fest!

  26. Rose says

    There’s no place else I’d rather be, than jazzing up one of my last summer free weekends. I have to work the Racetrack all weekends throughout track season. Please pick me, pick me…

  27. Rich says

    Weekend is looking good.

  28. radams says

    oo. i want in. thnx.

  29. Drew says

    But of course.

  30. Rebecca says

    Love Nippertown & Jazzfest!!

  31. Susan Jasper Murphy says

    I have been supporting the Albany Music Scene for the past 30 years …paying cover charge after cover charge just to see and hear live music. I have never won a contest in my life but would totally appreciate the opportunity to take in some great music in a beautiful venue like SPAC considering it a gift or a give back for all my years of supporting local music. Regardless of whether I am selected or not, I will continue to support our local music scene whether it is national recording acts or local bands and whether it is blues, rock, jazz or soul or anything in between because Music is my passion and it is so important to my life. Thanks for the chance to win!

  32. Mike Mooney says

    Susan Jasper Murphy is a punk. Pick me.

  33. Lauren says

    OH!! I’ll go!

  34. Mike says

    Can’t beat Jazzfest! Itd be nice to go for free for a change!

  35. Kristin says

    My husband and I used to go the the Jazz Fest every year. Before we had kids. Four of them. We would so love to go!!

  36. Joseph Kernozek says

    I’m a huge jazz fan but have to go go to this festival….would love to be able to check it out!

  37. Dave Decker says

    I love the Jazz Festival…this event has an amazing history…everybody (who’s anybody) has performed at this event at some point in time over the years…can’t believe it’s here again…yay!

  38. Susan says

    gotta be in it to win it….

  39. James Piscitella says

    I would love to go, I’ll buy my plane tix as soon as I win, greetings from St Pete Florida

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